Historic Color Combos: Green and Pink

Pink and Green Dresses and Gowns

Robe à la Française, circa 1770

Corset, late 18th century

American Evening Dress, circa 1845

American Afternoon Dress, circa 1865

(this gown’s unusual bodice reminds me of a 1950s bikini!)

Maison Manchon Roland Two-Piece Afternoon Dress, circa 1895

Worth Evening Ensemble (includes shoes, alt. bodice, etc.), 1893

Worth Floral Evening Gown, circa 1897

Worth Evening Gown, circa 1900

Myrbor Evening Dress, circa 1926

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Pink and Green Accessories

Infant Stockings, circa 1650-1750

Lady’s Bag, late 18th century

Lady’s Shoes, circa 1780-1800

Day-to-Night Earrings, circa 1830

Silk Slipper, circa 1850

Lady’s Day Gloves, circa 1885-95

Pink and green have many different shades like rose, salmon, and magenta or sage, Kelly, and olive. Some shades blur the borders between colors, like terracotta (pink and orange) or teal (green and blue). Which way these “half-way shades” turn often depends on the fabric type and the surrounding colors. That’s why it is important to experiment with color, to learn its tricks and subtleties. You get to play Goldilocks…trying out all the possibilities in order to find the one that’s just right!

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Recreating the Flapper Style


Every time you buy a cheap, polyester flapper costume, a real flapper dies.

Being a flapper was all about being more interesting, more flamboyant, and more fun  than everyone else in the room. A real flapper would never be caught dead wearing the same boring, fringed dress every other girl was wearing! She’d want to stand out like a rhinestone peacock. She loves wild jewelry, dark lipstick, feathers, fur, lace, and driving everyone around her mad with jealousy while still being smolderingly sexy. Out shine her! Here’s how:

The Essential Flapper:

Low-waisted or tubular dress
Bold Jewelry
Sturdy pumps
Sexy Stockings
Hat or Headband
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There are so many option when it comes to being a flapper. You can be really, really flashy, or sweet and demure. You can wear a long dress or a short one. Beads, sequins, chiffon, silk, pleats, buttons, pearls…anything goes! Flapper-style dresses surged in popularity in the 1980s. Some of these dresses just need a few good accessories to make them perfect!

 Low-Waisted or Tubular Dress

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Jewelry

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Sturdy Pumps

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Sexy Stockings

New by Berkshire

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Hat or Headband

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Custom by FoxysBoudoir

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Okay, so what’s with the question marks?

Flappers were innovators. Some were wild, some were bad, some were vain, some were posers, but all of them expressed their personalities in the way they dressed. This myriad of punctuation marks is essential to being a good flapper; it’s your personal touch that’s totally different than anyone else.

Is it your awesome hair? Wearing so much jewelry you fall over? Big hats? Fabulous fur stoles? Long gloves? Too much rouge? A flask tucked into your garter?

From the post Floozy Fun: The Fashion World of the Flapper

Tips and Tricks:

Want that authentic flapper shape? Modern shapeware and compression sports bras are super for smoothing out lumps. Want to be historically accurate? An Ace bandage over your chest will keep you from being too bouncy. The flatter, the better!

Lots of modern dresses are simple sack dresses. Just tie some satin rope or a scarf low around your hips to make it look period appropriate, then add a long string of Mardi Gras beads and a knit beanie for a flapper guise on the cheap!

Pssssst! Dress clip pairs can go on your shoes or shoulders! : )

Floozy Fun: The Fashion World of the Flapper

“Take two bare knees, two rolled stockings, two flapping goloshes, one short skirt, one lipstick, one powder puff, 33 cigarettes, and a boy friend with flask. Season with a pinch of salt and dash of pep, and cover all with some spicy sauce, and you have the old-time flapper.”
“Then you have the real modern American flapper: Two bare knees, two thinner stockings, one shorter skirt, two lipsticks, three powder puffs, 132 cigarettes, and three boy friends, with eight flasks between them.”

– A disgruntled Magazine Writer, 1928

The 1920s were a conflicted time. The horrors of WWI had left a vast hole in the morale of the world and people were looking for change. Everyone wanted to forget the war and start being happy again. Wine, women, and songs were in order, but in America, Prohibition left the entire nation without the wine– at least without legal wine. Illegal bars and nightclubs popped up everywhere and a fun-loving culture sprang up inside them. Women had gained the vote, become movie stars, and learned to drive. Fashion soon reflected their new-found freedoms.

Some girls took this new lust for fun and freedom to an extreme: Flappers. The flapper’s dress was as straight as a lipstick tube on top. Designers enhanced the cylindrical shape with horizontal bands ruffles, beads, fur, and lace and long, swinging jackets lined with fur and velvet. She’d skip defining her waist and belt her dress low on her hips, sometimes even below her rear. Another of her favorite trends was to wear a long, sheer dress over a much shorter slip, creating a sexy, lingerie look.

The flapper is the ultimate symbol of female sexual freedom. She swings, she jives, she drinks, smokes, stays out all night, and proudly shows off her knees! In Victorian fashion, showing the ankle was almost as sexually overt as showing off breasts. Edwardian fashion brought a little relief, raising the hem to mid-calf level. For the majority of the population this was the trendy length until about 1926 when the all-night-long flappers took the hem to daring new heights. She wasn’t content only showing off her perfectly tanned ankles; she bared her leg clear up to her knees! Sheer, silky stockings became the thing to wear with flashy, brightly colored pumps. Patterned stockings with lacy peep-hole designs and curly embroidery stopped short at the knees, providing flashes of scandalous bare skin when a flapper strutted down the street.

It was all about flash in the booming 1920s. The American economy was picking up and everyone wanted a taste of the rich life. The curly Art Nouveau style transitioned into lux, geometric Art Deco style the way boyish figures replaced feminine curves. Jewelry was covered with bright stones, real or not. Platinum and white gold (or less-expensive silver and rhodium) flashed everywhere. Rivers of white/clear stones punctuated with sapphires, rubies, and emeralds dripped everywhere. If a girl couldn’t afford precious metals and gems, mail order catalogs were ready to supply her with an enormous selection of inexpensive costume jewelry, including bakelite and celluloid plastic charms in an infinite array of shapes. Opera-length pearl necklaces that dangled to the waist were a staple for every well-dressed woman’s wardrobe, flapper or not.

Gloves, hats, and stoles were still popular. Hats stopped being high-flying gauzy saucers perched on top of mounded hair and became deep buckets fitted closely around sleek bobs and heat-set waves. A felt cloche or jeweled headband decorated with platinum or silver pins, rhinestones, and feather plumes was perfect for a good night out on the town!

Ready to take flapper fashion from the page to real life? Click here to Recreate the Flapper Style!

All of the pictures in this article are linked to to sites detailing each section, so feel free to click and explore!

Further reading and research you might enjoy:

The photography of Edward Stiechen
The Culture of the 1920s at History.com
The extensive collection of 1920s fashion wisdom on Squidoo
SHOES!